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69Judy Cooper Lyle ’69 (speech and theatre arts) runs The Urban Spectrum Theatre, her own theatre company, producing multicultural shows in the inner city. Lyle recently closed "Warm Dark Dusk,” a jazz music and dance show surrounding the poetry of Langston Hughes, playing to sold-out houses. Lyle has her own clothing design label, Phyllis Designs, and has been a guest designer in LA Fashion Week.

Carl Griffin ’72 (mass communications) had a story written about his time at MSUM as one of the school’s few African-American students 49 years ago. The story also covers his experience in visiting campus when he came back with his grandson. “It’s a whole other world,” said Griffin. “There was nothing distinctive about our visit at all. It was relaxed and friendly—no stares or remarks. We saw students with all kinds of backgrounds socializing together everywhere we went.” The story is featured on unheralded.fish.

Stephen “S. D.” Nelson ’72 (art), a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the Dakotas, has written the compelling story of a world of conflict told in the imagined voice of the great 19th-century Lakota warrior and chief, Red Cloud, who recounts the history of his people. The story is expanded and enriched by Nelson’s beautiful ink, watercolor, and colored-pencil illustrations executed in the 19th-century Lakota ledger-book style. Nelson is the author and illustrator of numerous children's books and has received numerous awards for them. Nelson taught art in the public schools in Wahpeton, N.D., and Flagstaff, Ariz.

Richard Petersson ’75 (history) was awarded the 2016 Jim Dimick Retired Coaches Award by the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association. Richard was baseball coach for 14 years at Proctor High School from 1977 to 1990. His teams won three Lake Superior Conference titles, five sub-region titles and three Region 7AA runner-up titles. Richard also coached girls basketball at Proctor for 25 years, playing in two state tournaments. In 2008 he was inducted into the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

80 Lisa Kittelson ’80 (psychology) was named director of dining and nutritional operations for Bethany Retirement Living. She will continue as clinical dietitian at Bethany on 42nd and will assume responsibility of all dining and nutritional operations at both Bethany campuses. Kittelson is a native of Moorhead and was a teaching assistant in the Food & Nutrition Department at NDSU and a WIC nutritionist for the Migrant Health Services prior to joining Bethany Retirement Living as a clinical dietitian in 1989.

Bradley “Brad” Lundeen ’80 (political science) was featured in an article featured on acc.com called “Combining technology, staffing and fee solutions for better outcome at lower costs.” The story highlights Lundeen’s time and innovation at Cabela’s Inc. in his role as senior corporate attorney for labor and employment law in 2010. Lundeen became very familiar with electronic case management and e-billing at his previous posts and went on a mission to reduce Cabela's legal costs in his area of specialization, seeking a different way to manage administrative agency charges and single-plaintiff employee litigation.

Robert “Bob” Purcell ’89 (community health), former Bismarck High School state champion, Dragon wrestler, Dragon assistant coach, U.S. Army member, teacher, college instructor, and MN West head coach is retiring. Purcell and his family and friends celebrated on June 24, 2017 at the Elks Lodge Bar in Worthington.

Douglas “Doug” Kampsen ’95 (theatre arts and speech communication) was selected out of 1,200 talented agents by Halstead to receive the firm’s Rising Star Award, given to someone who has joined the firm in the past couple of years with the potential to be a Halstead Top Producer. This person is strategic, a team player, collaborative and lives the values and culture of the firm. “I am very aware that no one receives this award on his or her own,” said Kampsen. “Not only do I have amazing directors and co-workers who are a constant source of support and help, I have the best family, friends and clients. You have put your trust in me to help you with one of your biggest life decisions—your home. I will continue to work my heart out for you and your family and friends.”

Jessica Hoppe ’97 (finance), relationship manager with Alerus in Fargo, has earned financial planner certification from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, recognizing those who have met experience and ethical requirements, completed financial planning coursework and have passed the CFP Certification Examination.

00 Christina Broadwell ’00 (biology) was named a 2016 Top Doctor at UW Health for her work and service in the reproductive endocrinology/infertility department. The awards are designed to recognize their most skilled and dedicated physicians. These prestigious awards recognize individuals who demonstrate exceptional skills in clinical practice and education, and a commitment to the mission, vision, and values of UW Health.

Kimberly (Johnson) Rogen ’03 (finance) was promoted to global service resource manager of all Insure Forward agencies. She started with Insure Forward in Fargo in 2012 as a customer service agent.

Danielle Nadler ’05 (mass communications and journalism) published “Without a Trace: The Life of Sierra Phantom,” which ranked No. 1 as a best-selling new release on Amazon and No. 3 in the travelers and explorers category in the first month of its release. The book recounts the life of Sierra Phantom, a man who lived in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California for 50 years. Read more about Nadler and her book online at mnstate.edu/magazine.

Barry Sniezek ’05 (mass communications) opened his own Allstate Insurance Agency in Blaine. He has worked for an Allstate agency since 2011.

Crystal S. Gibbins’ ’06 (MFA creative writing) full-length poetry collection, “Now/Here,” was published by Holy Cow! Press in 2017. She is the founding editor of Split Rock Review, an online literary magazine featuring environmental and place-based writing. For more information about Gibbins and her work, visit crystalgibbins.com.

07 Anna McCorison ’07 (theater arts) is the interim artistic director for the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre. She currently resides in New York City and is one of 75 in the country who are certified teachers of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. She holds director and choreographer credits in more than 30 productions.

Jeremiah Colbert ’07 (business administration) was commissioned as a second lieutenant after graduating from Total Force Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The training included military and leadership studies, professional knowledge, communication skills and field leadership application. Colbert served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force from 1998-02 and joined the N.D. Air National Guard in 2009.

Jennifer Lein ’08 (mass communications) and Jordan Johnson were married Sept. 12, 2015 at Maplelag Resort in Callaway.

Tracy Kurtz ’08 (chemistry) has rejoined Aldevron, a contract manufacturing firm for the biopharmaceutical industry, as a client relations manager for enterprise resource planning (ERP) and operations. Kurtz was previously employed at Axis Clinicals in Dilworth.

Brianna (Brickweg) Liestman ’11 (English and mass communications) won the Regional Bronze AZBEE award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for her March 2016 article “Planning your exit strategy,” which she wrote in her role as managing editor of Boating Industry, a B2B magazine covering the recreational marine industry in North America.

Matthew S. Menge ’13 (criminal justice) was hired as an associate attorney at Stebbins Mulloy Law Firm in Bismarck, N.D. Menge’s practice is in family law, criminal defense and civil litigation.

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Four alumni named FPS principals

Vincent Williams ’03 (social studies) ’11 (MS curriculum and instruction) has been named principal of Discovery Middle School. Williams had been the District’s English Learner’s coordinator and assistant principal for Woodrow Wilson High. He previously served as the administrative intern for Kennedy and then Lincoln Elementary Schools, and was a social studies teacher at North High from 2004 through 2014. Williams is an adjunct professor in MSUM’s Education department, and received an MSUM Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.

Cathy (Gensler) Selberg ’89 (elementary education) ’98 (MS elementary education) has been named principal for Washington Elementary School. She had been assistant principal at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School since 2014 and has been with the district since 1989. She earned her administrative credentials through MSUM and also holds a North Dakota middle level endorsement and her K-12 reading credential.

Karrie Rage ’00 (MS special education) has been named principal for Kennedy Elementary School. She joined the Fargo Public Schools in 1993 and has been coordinator of Special Education Services since 2003. She earned her administrative and special education director credentials through MSUM.

Leandra (Dougherty) Ostrom ’98 (elementary education and special education) ’03 (MS curriculum and instruction) has been named principal for Horace Mann-Roosevelt Elementary School. She was the student performance strategist at Centennial Elementary School since 2015. She earned her administrative credentials through MSUM.

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